News Roundup for October 22nd, 2014

Miku RPG is Music to My Ears

Hatsune Miku RPG

Get your headphones ready because the smartphone music RPG, Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection: Nazo no Ongaku Suisei, is right around the corner. Collect items during the grid-based quest mode, battle bosses with cards you collect and customize Miku's wardrobe to boost your stats. Pre-register now for a super-awesome-hyper-shiny SR+ card and go from noob to OP faster than your friends.

Official homepage: http://www.crypton.co.jp/mikucolle_app/index_pc.php

It's a Wonderful Life

Voice actress Moe Toyota lives up to her name on the track "F♥ School Days," the image song for her character in Jinsei, Fumi Kujo. The lo-fi mune-kyun banger is on a CD included with Volume 2 of the Blu-ray/DVD or you can check out a preview--along with a handful of gags--in the clip above.

Official homepage: http://www.vap.co.jp/jinsei/

Paradise Found

Gen Urobuchi's new sci-fi flick Expelled from Paradise sure makes the apocalypse look pretty. When the surface of the planet is ravaged by nanomachines the survivors digitize their brains and upload themselves to the cloud--a perfect plan until hackers on the ground threaten a data wipe. Our heroine Angela is given a physical body to return to the surface and investigate. See if she, her partner Dingo and his acoustic guitar have what it takes to survive when the film arrives in Japanese theaters on November 15th

Official homepage: http://rakuen-tsuiho.com/

A Bullseye for Fans of Ecchi Action

ISUCA anime key visual

Mild-mannered high school student Shinichiro has no defining features whatsoever so it's a good thing he's shacking up with Sakuya, the latest in a long line of demon hunters who fight with enchanted bows. See them battle with the most dangerous monster of all--cheeky sexual situations!--when the anime adaptation of Isuca arrives in 2015.

Official homepage: http://isuca.net/

Tied to Azu-nyan

K-On! Azusa tie

The worst part about working a 9-to-5--aside from it being a job--is the separation anxiety caused from being away from my waifu. Nijigen Cospa has just the prescription for my disorder. These K-On! ties hide an illustration of your favorite girl on the back so I can sneak to the bathroom for my private after school teatime anytime. I don't take cigarette breaks so at least allow me that much!

Official homepage: http://nijigencospa.com/event/id/9018

The Samuride of a Lifetime

Keiichiro Kimura
Go! Samurai

Animation OG Keiichiro Kimura (Tiger Mask, Cyborg 009) wants you to help fund his new short film, Go! Samurai. Most animators die from overwork before they reach retirement age but at 76 Kimura looks as spry and dangerous as when he first brought rock & roll sensibilities to the screen in the 60s. Donate to his Kickstarter or he might kick your teeth in.

Official homepage: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1287579779/go-samurai-an-animated-short-film-by-keiichiro-kim

Preview: Grisaia no Kajitsu - Amane Suou 1/6 Complete Figure by Kotobukiya

----Based on our Japanese blog-----

This is Meshi, here to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews. With the sheer number of high quality eroge out there you could live the rest of your life vicariously though 2D people and not have to suffer a minute of down time. Be careful, though. If all the games you play have characters as wild as Amane Suou you'll burn out long before your back log. Let's dig in!

Grisaia no Kajitsu - Amane Suou 1/6 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

Kotobukiya's captured Amane in a nutshell: maximum fun with minimal clothing!

Her less liberated classmates get down on her for always drawing attention to her insane body. Hey prudes, don't be afraid! After all, it ain't braggin' if it’s true. Or in this case--if they're real!

She's got hair to match, too! The gradated transparent tips look great but the view in between strands is where the real action is. More on that later.

Be careful not to fall into the source of Amane's aloof confidence. There isn't a man (or woman) alive who can resist her will after seeing these big beauties. What else could I be referring to other than this lovely pair of blue eyes!

Alright, alright. Her curves aren't fooling around so neither should I. This butt cleavage rivaling that of her top is no laughing matter--especially when you can see both from the same angle.

The meticulously carved nacre frills make her boobs look like two giant pearls popping out of the world's most delicious oyster.

I'll let you ponder what the "F" in F cup stands for as you take in this glorious under-boob shot.

While most moe darlings unwittingly enchant us with their actions, Amane knows exactly what she's doing. If you put your ear up to the screen you can hear her taunting you to come closer...

...and who am I to say no? Even at such an extreme angle her chest finds its way into the picture. As amazing as her top is these photos prove that her butt is the true star of the show. It won't even fit into a single photo! Heck, even her hair can't seem to keep its fingers off of it.

It's a good thing she comes with a hose as you'll be needing a cold shower after unboxing her. Just be sure to dry off well before placing her on your shelf--PVC is slippery when wet.

Grisaia no Kajitsu - Amane Suou 1/6 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

(C)Frontwing/Project GRISAIA
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.

GGO Disassembled at SAO Exhibit

Sword Art Online continues to be a crowd-pleaser in Japan. Case in point: we visited the Tokyo Anime Center exhibit and it was totally packed on a weekday! You'll understand why once you see these photos of the slick presentation.

The event was focused on GGO to promote the current TV series but still had plenty of key visuals from the other modules. It's part retrospective, part preview. Ah, Saturday night feels so far away when you're waiting for the next episode...

Here you go, everything you wanted to know about Gun Gale Online's armaments but were afraid to ask. Realism counts, even in an anime based on a light novel about virtual reality gaming, so I hope the animators are counting the number of bullets left in the clip. I know I will!

Never bring a knife to a gun fight, unless it's an enchanted blade of asswhoop+10. This replica of Holy Sword Excalibur, not to mention Asuna and Yuuki's blades, fit the bill. Still, I can't get over the size of Sinon's PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II sniper rifle. Cocking the bolt must be as satisfying as hitting a target between the eyes from across the environment.

Event dates: October 15th-October 26th
Address: 4-14-1 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Akihabara UDX Building 4F
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed Monday
Official homepage: http://www.animecenter.jp/

News Roundup for October 21st, 2014

Rhinestones in the Night Sky

Sailor Moon music box

Bandai's Moonlight Memory series gives classic Sailor Moon merchandise from the 90s TV show a modern makeover. Check out the latest toy missing from your childhood: a star-shaped music box that plays "Moonlight Densetsu," the legendary opening theme.

Official homepage: http://p-bandai.jp/girlschannelshop/item-1000093936/

Super Attack on Titan Championship Turbo Edition

Hope you didn't buy into the hype. Spike Chunsoft are releasing Shingeki no Kyojin:Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa: Chain, an updated version of last year's 3DS Attack on Titan game. If you already own a copy you can download the patch on December 4th for new weapons, enemies, stages, character voices and online play.

Official homepage: http://www.spike-chunsoft.co.jp/shingeki/

Vanguard: The Next Generation

Connoisseurs of children's card games, rejoice! Vanguard G promises a new season of hairstyles that defy the laws of physics and duels that break the rules of the game. Have your playmats ready when it premiers on October 26th.

Official homepage: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/cf-vanguard-g/

Earrings for the Rose Bride

Utena Key chain

Break the shell of the egg that is the world with these Revolutionary Girl Utena metal key chains. You can find them now at gacha-gacha machines across the country. Between this, the MegaHouse figure and Messa tees the ultimate destiny Apocalypse is imminent.

Official homepage: http://kitan.jp/products/utena_metalgoods

Stealth Marketing

Assassins Creed Unity Akihabara

Ubisoft reminds Japan that the Xbox One exists with an interactive promotion for Assassin's Creed Unity. Participants take to the streets as assassins to search for treasure and evade guards with the help of a mobile app. The application period ends noon tomorrow so if you're in the country register at the official site for your chance to compete.

Official homepage: https://ubisoft-members.jp/akiba_stealth/

Ultra Menswear

Ultraman GroundY
Ultraman Ground Y

Fancy pants and shirts designer Ground Y teams up with Tsuburaya Productions to prove that you can be a man-child and still dress fashionably. Prices are as out of this world as the Ultra Kaiju themselves so have your credit card ready when the line hits shelves at Parco Part 1 on October 24th.

Official homepage: http://yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/groundy/news/

Preview: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! REN - Rikka Takanashi 1/7 Complete Figure by Kotobukiya

----Based on our Japanese blog-----

This is Meshi, here to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!’s Rikka Takanashi has grown from Cu-poche to scale figure but she's as Chuni as ever. Let's dig in!

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! REN - Rikka Takanashi 1/7 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

Come forth, Königin der Nacht! There's no use in trying to run from Rikka's ultimate weapon--she's rocking roller shoes!

The smile on her face tells me she's thinking of removing her eye patch and eradicating the world again. And by the look of her windblown clothes she is doing it in front of the fan in her living room.

I begin to lose my sanity listening to Rikka's juvenille delusions but it's her equally immature body that really blows my mind. Tremble at the power of puberty!

She's practiced this pose in the mirror so often that the wrinkles are perm pressed into her jacket!

No mere mortal can look at Königin der Nacht's otherworldly eye--or Rikka's loli body--for more than three seconds without bursting into flames. Or something like that. Me, I'm fine. My powers of perversion are from The Beyond.

The sculptor did a great job putting stress on her buttons! But is it coming from the pose or a growth spurt?

At its very core chunibyou is a reaction to hormonal imbalances that slowly but surely transform our mind and body in ways we aren't equipped to deal with. Rikka started on a rocky road but these photos tell me that following her journey into adulthood is going to be worth weathering a few bumps here and there.

Fashion is such an important part of chunibyou and this figure knows it. From the ribbon to the eye patch and gothic chain all the important details have been carved with love. After all, Chuni isn't a sickness--it's a way of life!

Lighting your figures from the front seems like the rational choice. But it's time to unlearn all the logic that's been forced down your throat. Use back lighting to unlock a figure's true potential!

Behold the power of the Tyrant's Eye! OK, so it's just a color contact. Still, you've just formally entered a contract by looking at it. Now you're obliged to swap her head to this one once in awhile so that eye patch doesn't give her an infection.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! REN - Rikka Takanashi 1/7 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]

(C)虎虎/京都アニメーション/中二病でも製作委員会
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.